One of the award-winning innovations

UK graduates awarded for designing life-enhancing innovations

UK Royal College of Art graduates have been awarded for creating a number of life-enhancing innovations.

The Helen Hamlyn Design Awards - organised by the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design - recognise outstanding graduating student projects that are based on user research and address a genuine social need.

A tool to help people with visual impairments navigate the internet, a device to help autistic children to communicate, and a wearable patch to better allow diabetics to manage their condition, were some of the award-winning innovations created by graduating Masters students at the RCA.

RCA Rector Dr Paul Thompson said: “These awards demonstrate how young designers across a wide range of disciplines can put social activism and good citizenship at the centre of their work.”

Here are details of the award-winning projects:

- The Inclusive Design Award went to Patrick Hyland for creating a hand-operated mechanical system that allows wheelchair users to negotiate angled and cambered surfaces with greater ease and control.

- Samuel Jewell was also awarded the Inclusive Design Award. Jewell created a tool to help people with visual impairments navigate the internet.

- Lingjing Yin, won the award for Independent Living for creating Touch*Play, a device to enable children with autism play, explore, and express their emotions and feelings.

- Stephen Matthews was awarded the Healthcare and Patient Safety Award for creating a wearable patch which dispenses medication from six chambers and is loaded with intelligent sensors that transmit their data via a wireless link to a mobile phone.

- Edward Goodwin and Richard Hartshorn won a special award for alumni for their work with Imperial College London in developing a series of innovations for keyhole and robotic surgery.

- Bethany Wells won the Architects Award for Work and City and David Swann won the Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity.

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